- Biden to Offer $6 Trillion Spending Budget for 2022
- Yellen: Interest Rates are Exceptionally Low
- Jeff Bezos Leaving his Post at Amazon on July 5
Biden to Offer $6 Trillion Spending Budget for 2022
The New York Times reported on the subject that Biden would offer a budget of $6 trillion today to make the U.S. more competitive.
However, the blueprint would also increase federal spending to a nearly unprecedented share of the U.S. economy and drive the national debt to new highs.
The report noted that the budget proposal, which includes investments in areas such as infrastructure, education, and health, will raise federal spending to the highest level recorded since World War II.
Pointing out that the total expenditures are expected to increase to 8.2 trillion dollars by 2031, it was stated that the increase in the budget proposal stemmed from Biden’s economic plan consisting of 2 stages.
Taxes are also set to increase by $3trillion over the next decade in line with Biden’s proposed hikes in corporate rates and plans targeting Americans making more than $400,000-a-year.
In the report, it was stated that Biden’s plan to finance investments by increasing taxes for companies and high-income individuals would begin to reduce budget deficits in the 2030s.
In remarks delivered Thursday in Cleveland, Biden made a case for what he describes as an investment in the country’s future.
“Now is the time to build the foundation that we’ve laid to make bold investments in our families and our communities and our nation,” he said. “We know from history that these kinds of investments raise both the floor and the ceiling over the economy for everybody.”
Yellen: Interest Rates are Exceptionally Low
In her speech at the U.S. House of Representatives, Yellen said that the country’s economy hit by the epidemic has recovered, but there is still a long way to go. Noting that the workload of the Ministry of Treasury, including managing Covid-19 support programs and increasing tax compliance, Yellen said; however, the ministry’s budget did not increase in the same way.
Noting that the Biden administration will announce its official budget today, Yellen pointed out the existence of several critical areas where financing is required, emphasizing that the speed and strength of the recovery depend on a fully-funded Treasury.
“My judgment right now is that the recent inflation that we have seen will be temporary. It’s not endemic,” Yellen said at a hearing held by a House Appropriations subcommittee. “I expect it to last, however, for several more months and to see high annual rates of inflation through the end of this year.”
A closely watched measure of inflation, the consumer price index, increased by 0.8% in April and 4.2% over 12 months, the fastest annual rate since 2008.
Yellen, underlining that the economy is experiencing a great deal, stated that they provide the support people need and that the Biden administration does not think that the spending plans will cause inflation.
Yellen also said that interest rates are very low and that most economists believe that low-interest rates will persist.
Jeff Bezos Leaving his Post at Amazon on July 5
Jeff Bezos, the founder of U.S. e-commerce giant Amazon, announced that he would cede his senior management (CEO) role to Andy Jassy on July 5.
In early February, Bezos announced that after 27 years in charge, he would step down sometime in the third quarter and be succeeded by Amazon veteran Andy Jassy, who currently heads Amazon’s cloud computing business (AWS). Bezos will transition to executive chairman of the board.
But during the company’s annual shareholder meeting held on Wednesday, Bezos set the exact date for his departure as CEO when he announced that will he step down on July 5, a date that he admits is sentimental for him.
“We chose that date because it’s sentimental for me, the day Amazon was incorporated in 1994, exactly 27 years ago,” Bezos said Wednesday at Amazon’s annual shareholder meeting, which was held virtually.
“I’m very excited to move into the executive chair role, where I’ll focus my energies and attention on new products and early initiatives,” Bezos stated.
After Bezos’s departure, he announced that he would continue to serve as the chairman of Amazon’s board and that Andy Jassy would be the company’s top executive. Bezos said he expects that Jassy – who has been at the company for 24 years and risen through its ranks to run its most profitable division – will be “an outstanding leader.”
“He has the highest of high standards, and I guarantee Andy will never let the universe make us typical,” Bezos said. “He has the energy needed to keep alive in us what has made us special.”